SUPERFLEX | Denmark
‘The Maersk Opera’ is the story of the creation of the controversial Copenhagen Opera House. A work in three acts, which depicts the power relations of the day between individuals and society. The story begins in 2005, when the opera house is being built and the Carver is contacted by the Assistant, who desires to create ‘the most beautiful stone ever seen’. Apart from the musicians and singers, we are in the film presented with a range of protagonists, who all depict intrigue, conflict and power within Denmark’s recent history. With a twist that includes elements from documentary filmmaking, animation and aesthetic realism, the film’s diverse gallery of characters is brought into play: a lonely meteorite, a dog with a collar, a pair of gesticulating male hands, industrious ants, springboard divers and a sonically manipulated black liquid. The subtle symbolism of the film’s imagery and the classical, impasto opera together create a contrasting universe, which depicts the structures of capitalist society, and acts as a kind of multilayered catharsis – a film about an opera about a building. The film is an adaptation of SUPERFLEX’s opera of the same name, performed during Copenhagen Art Festival in 2012.